Marjorie

Great Gildersleeve's Neice

Lurene Tuttle
Lurene Tuttle

Louise Erickson
Louise Erickson
Mary Lee Robb
Mary Lee Robb

The character who is allowed to grow the most in the sixteen years that The Great Gildersleeve stayed on the air is Throckmorton's pretty niece, Marjorie. In the early years of the show she is a pretty and popular young woman, finishing high school, but not quite ready to face the world as an adult. During the early years of WWII, the soldiers at a nearby base designate Marjorie as their "Parachute Girl, the one they most want to drop in on!"


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Marjorie serves as a buffer between Leroy and her Uncle. As the years go by Marjorie goes to college, falls in love, gets engaged and married, and gives birth to twins.

The role of Marjorie was played in the premiere program through 1944 by Lurene Tuttle. Tuttle was known as one of the most versatile actresses on radio, often appering in 15 shows a week (Marjorie was junior to Tuttle by 20 years!)

Through the mid-1940's Marjorie would be played by pretty Louise Erickson, who also delighted NBC audiences as Judy on A Date With Judy. Erickson would later give  tribute to The Great Gildersleeve: "Of all the programs I did on radio 'The Great Gildersleeve' is the one that still stands up today, the writing was superb and Hal Peary was a comedic genius."

Gildy's run on the radio would finish with Mary Lee Robb playing Marjorie. With Robb, Marjorie would blossom from a popular teen to a young woman. Early in the 1949 season we meet the love of Marjorie's life, her college beau, Bronco, played by Richard Crenna. (Crenna also appeared on A Date with Judy.) We will be treated to their courtship, (one of the few times The Great Man is rendered speechless is during episode 344, the 1949 Christmas episode, when Bronco asks Gildy for permission to marry Marjorie,their wedding, (Look Magazine would dedicate five pages of the May 23, 1950 issue to cover the wedding,) and the birth of their twins, Ronnie and Linda.

 





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